January 09 2012 12:47PM
(Via Pawel Dwulit at the Canadian Press)
Toronto goaltending is a weird thing. It's pretty well been established that Toronto haven't had a reliable #1 starter since Ed Belfour and attempts to fix this via trades for Andrew Raycroft and Vesa Toskala horribly backfired.
This season, Toronto are the 22nd best team in the NHL in overall save percentage but are actually the 13th best team with even strength goaltending according to Behind The Net. Unfortunately, the team's overall goals against total (3.10) reflects more the overall team save percentage than that at even strength, due to a well-publicized brutal penalty kill.
January 06 2012 12:25PM
Normally, a hockey team waiving Colton Orr or another player of Orr's enforcer ilk wouldn't be newsworthy enough for the General Manager to even sign his name on the press release, but, Thursday afternoon in Toronto, Brian Burke held a conference with reporters to discuss the state of the game.
December 27 2011 10:23AM
Head coach Ron Wilson was extended last week for at least another season behind the Toronto Maple Leafs' bench, and other than the fact that it's an extension given out without much success to show for. I don't mind the deal too much since the Leafs have seen a fair bit of improvement and have been a pretty good hockey team ever since James Reimer took over, giving Wilson a reliable starting goalie.
December 13 2011 04:01PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs penalty kill over the last five seasons, for lack of a better term, has been absolutely brutal. Every possible stone has been overturned: the system is bad, the personnel is bad, so what is there left to change?
So, this, naturally, popped up over at Arctice Ice Hockey:
December 12 2011 05:44PM
For those still unawares, the Score's Sophia Jurksztowicz did an excellent interview with Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke that aired on TV last night. Being infamous for its "barn fight" story in the lead-up to the interview, Burke and Jurksztowicz tackle many topics including bullying and homophobia, and also Burke's coffee preference.